Meade 8" f/4 LX85 Reflector Optical Tube Assembly
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The Meade 8" f/4 LX85 Astrograph Reflector is a workhorse for both visual and astrophotography pursuits. The BK7 optical glass at f/4 allows for quite short exposures, and the 2" focuser works equally well with a camera or any 2" or 1.25" eyepiece.
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    • 8" f/4 astrograph reflector optical tube really pulls in the faint light from distant celestial objects, perfect for both visual and photographic work
    • 2" linear bearing Crayford focuser features a 10:1 fine focus reduction knob for precise and repeatable focus
    • Long 83.2mm back focus designed for attaching a variety of camera gear including a DSLR and coma corrector
    • Tube only weighs 16 lbs, and is 27.5" long - will work on any Vixen compatible mount with this weight capacity
    • Includes 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece, 8x50 finder scope, hinged tube rings, 2" eyepiece extension tube, cooling accelerator fan, and Vixen-style dovetail rail

    The Meade 8" f/4 LX85 astrograph reflector optical tube assembly is a compact wide field telescope, with an immense amount of light grasp, thanks to the large 8" BK7 (Borosilicate) mirror and >90% enhanced reflectivity coatings. The f/4 system is incredibly fast, meaning with a camera it will collect a lot of light in a short time, perfect for taking shorter exposures while still recording all sorts of detail in the nebulae and galaxies.

    With an 800mm focal length, pairing this telescope optical tube with a DSLR or other astro camera will yield large and rich swaths of sky, perfect for framing any number of large deep-sky objects. And with the 2" linear bearing Crayford focuser, trying pairing it with a low power 2" eyepiece with a large apparent field of view. From a dark-sky location away from city lights, objects such as the Veil Nebula will reveal structures you may not have seen before. The focuser features a 10:1 reduction fine focus knob, brass compression rings (so you don't mar the barrel of your eyepieces or camera adapters) and a 2" to 1.25" step down adapter (also with a brass compression ring).

    The telescope is designed to reach focus with any DSLR camera, along with a host of other imaging accessories, and the long 83.2mm back-focus helps ensure compatibility with various equipment. In order to allow visual use as well, a 35mm long 2" diameter eyepiece extension tube is also provided, allowing most all 2" and 1.25" eyepieces to work with the telescope.

    Includes a number of accessories such as hinged tube rings and a Vixen-style dovetail rail, 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece, 8x50 finder scope, and a cooling accelerator fan bolted to the rear mirror cell.

    Depending on the size of your camera sensor, an optional coma corrector is recommended to eliminate the inherent coma in a reflector design. This would prove beneficial when using low power 2" eyepieces, or camera sensors above ~4:3 format.

    Warranty

    Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.

    Product Support

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  • Specs
    • Best for viewing:
      Fainter deep sky
    • Best for imaging:
      Deep sky
    • User level:
      Advanced
    • Optical design:
      Reflector
    • Optical diameter:
      200mm
    • Focal length:
      800mm
    • Focal ratio:
      f/4.0
    • Optics type:
      Parabolic
    • Glass material:
      BK-7
    • Eyepieces:
      Super Plossl 26.0mm,None mm
    • Magnification with included eyepieces:
      31x
    • Resolving power:
      0.58arc*sec
    • Lowest useful magnification:
      29x
    • Highest useful magnification:
      300x
    • Highest theoretical magnification:
      400x
    • Limiting stellar magnitude:
      14.2
    • Optical quality:
      Diffraction limited
    • Finder scope:
      8x50
    • Focuser:
      2" dual-speed linear bearing Crayford
    • Secondary mirror obstruction:
      70mm
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter:
      35%
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by area:
      12%
    • Mirror coatings/over-coatings:
      Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
    • Mount type:
      Optical Tube without Mount
    • Astro-imaging capability:
      Lunar, planetary & long exposure
    • Backfocus distance:
      83.2mm
    • Tube material:
      Steel
    • Length of optical tube:
      27.5 in.
    • Weight, optical tube:
      16.0 lbs.
    • Additional included accessories:
      Two cradle rings with felt lining, 12v cooling fan, 2" eyepiece extension tube, 8x50 finder and bracket
    • Other features:
      Robust dual-speed focuser with 10:1 reduction gear, Vixen-style dovetail rail for mounting on tripod, Large backfocus to work with DSLR and other gear
    • Warranty:
      Two year
  • In The Box

    8" f/4 LX85 reflector optical tube assembly
    1.25" 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece
    8x50 optical finder scope with crosshair and bracket
    12v cooling fan
    2" eyepiece extension tube
    2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter with brass compression ring

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